Eastern box tortoise

INTRODUCTION

The eastern box tortoise is a subspecies of a common box tortoise, growing about 5 to 7 inches in length and native to the eastern United States. The box tortoise gets its name from its ability to completely enclose itself into its shell, with a hinged section closing in front to protect its vulnerable head. It is typically black or brown with streaks of red, yellow or orange. The best place to find eastern box tortoises is in moist, forested areas, usually deciduous forests or mixed forests. These tortoise typically live between 40 to 60 years old, but some have exceeded 100.

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FAST FACTS

Scientific Name:

Terrapene carolina

Status:

Vulnerable

Size:

Up to 18cm

Life Span in Wild:

50-80 years

Habitat:

Savannah, grasslands and forests

Diet:

Omnivore

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT ME

What Do I Eat?

Fruit, leaves, fungi, birds, fish, insects and carrion

Where Do I Live?

Eastern parts of North America, from Canada to Mexico

Do I Have Any Predators?

None specific

How Do I Live?

Diurnal, Terrestrial

Why Am I Endangered?

Habitat loss and the pet trade

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